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Kitty Felde is KPCC's Washington, D.C. Correspondent.

Before moving to the nation's capital, Kitty hosted KPCC's "Talk of the City" from 1997-2006.

In addition to her work in Los Angeles, Felde has reported from Africa and The Hague on AIDS and the war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and Bosnia.

When Felde puts down her microphone, she puts on her pointed shoes in ballet class. She's also an award-winning playwright. Her work has been produced at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., and at various theaters in New York and Los Angeles. If you look very closely in Woody Allen's "Radio Days," you'll spot her playing the role of Mrs. Riley.

Stories by Kitty Felde

Villaraigosa attends Obama speech on energy

As President Obama outlined his long-term energy strategy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he said he wants 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from natural gas, wind and nuclear in the next quarter century. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the audience for the speech on energy security.

GOP Congressman proposes sale of CA offshore oil leases

President Barack Obama will outline his plan for what he calls “America’s energy security” on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled his own proposal: drilling more off the Southern California coast.

Erin Brockovich testifies to US Senate about pollution, cancer

A Senate panel looking at a bill on pollution and cancer heard today from environmental law activist Erin Brockovich.

The ethics case against Maxine Waters

Last week, half a dozen public interest groups, including Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, asked the House Ethics Committee when it will resume its investigation of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles. The case has existed for nearly two years. It’s alleged that the Congresswoman used her political clout to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

An earthquake update from New Zealand

With all the news from Japan, news from New Zealand's earthquake has fallen off the news map. I just got this update from friends Sue and Tim Brown in Christchurch. We met on our honeymoon many years ago.

Update: The Maxine Waters ethics case four months later

The ethics trial of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters was supposed to begin four months ago but has been frozen in time since November.

Cherry blossom time in DC

Spring is iffy around here - 75 degrees one day, thunder and lightening the next, with predictions of snow on Sunday. The cherry blossoms around the Mall are supposed to hit their peak for three days this year, around the first of April.

Congresswoman Capps wants Diablo Canyon nuclear plant relicensing put on hold

A Democratic congresswoman from the central California coast has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the license renewal of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Ethics groups demand answers from House committee

The US House Ethics Committee postponed the trial of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles four months ago. Now, a coalition of public interest groups is asking for an end to the delay.

Loss of Elizabeth Taylor felt in DC AIDS advocacy community

News of Elizabeth Taylor’s death came about the same time that Congressional staffers were at a briefing about federal support for AIDS care.

Nuclear agency says California nuclear power plants in riskiest quake zones

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reiterates that California’s two nuclear power plants are located in the riskiest quake zones in the country. That’s just the response to the first question from California’s two US Senators.

Calif. Congressmen Waxman and Issa weigh in on nuclear reactors

It’s not often that US House Democrats and Republicans agree on anything these days. But in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, two of the most powerful California lawmakers on Capitol Hill share similar views on what the United States should do next.

Spring in DC

First it was the daffodils. Entire hillsides among the parkway were covered with the yellow blossoms. Then the tulip trees exploded with fat pink blossoms. I even saw a white cherry blossom tree in full glory.

Favorite email headline: a nod to my favorite sewing show

I get tons of emails everyday from Republicans and Democrats trying to spin the news of the day a particular way. Most missives end up immediately in the electronic trash can. But I do have to applaud the headline writer of this one:

Second lawyer investigating Maxine Waters out of ethics committee

The two lawyers who led an ethics investigation of LA Congresswoman Maxine Waters don’t hold that job any more.